Yesterday I was driving to a ministry that I help lead in Hatch, NM. If you have ever driven from Las Cruces to Hatch you know that there is a certain part of the drive that is just stunning. It is the part of the drive when you begin to descend into the valley of Hatch. Yesterday was an interesting day for me. I have driven that road countless times but for some reason, God decided to use that instance to grow my faith and allow me to revel in His goodness all the more!
The last couple weeks have been difficult spiritually. I have felt shallow, distant and unmotivated. My wife, Annie, was reading a book in the front seat and we had no music playing this week. As we begin to descend into the valley of Hatch, I began to look out at the expanse of the earth. I could see for miles and miles – mountain ranges and farms, trees and bushes, desert and wildlife. Yet I knew that my scope was limited in the fact that I really cannot see that far. My mind began to ponder the works of our great God. I began to contemplate how God sustains everything I am seeing. He tells the bushes to rise, the flowers to bloom, the birds to eat, the farms to prosper – all of creation bows down to the eternal throne of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I then began to think that simply driving across the United States seems to take forever. But I could literally hop on a plane and fly 500 MPH 10 hours away to a different country and there would be millions of people of different skill color, personalities, preferences, religions, hair color, age and cultures. Furthermore that God has known every person on this world that has ever existed in an intimate way blew my mind.
I began to just glory in my Heavenly Father. My problems began to take their place in the scope of the universe. “Surely”, I said, “If God can control all of this and not only creates all things but sustains them – He can see me through this drought of my life.” I was overwhelmed by the goodness and faithfulness of Jesus Christ, simply by descending into the valley. I began to ponder deeply the reality all that God is sustaining and yet 2,000 years ago – Jesus was placed up on a Cross and saw my life – my junk, my sin, my shame, my filth – and He said, “I want that man in my family!” I choose to revel in the goodness and faithfulness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For He alone is constant, faithful and righteous. In that moment, I was overwhelmed with the glory of Jesus Christ and proclaimed in my Spirit a promise of God to us:
“For the earth will be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.”
In that moment, the only thing that came to my mind was a Psalm proclaimed by David when he is overwhelmed by God’s goodness. May our soul’s rest and trust in our sovereign King – who governs all plants, ecosystems, weather, cultures, planets, stars and humans. Blessing and honor are truly His alone. May you join in with David as he proclaims:
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?